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COMMON CHEVY MALIBU PROBLEMS

Posted Tue December 5, 2006 11:48 am, by Tonya T. written to Chevrolet

Write a Letter to this Company


I am the UNFORTUNATE owner of a 2003 Chevy Malibu.

The car appears to have defects such as:

Anti-Theft system (disables car from starting, will cut off while driving)
Ignition Switch (disables car from starting, will cut off while driving)

These incidents occur on NEW models & older models, regardless of the mileage. Therefore, it's NOT normal wear & tear as Chevy wants you to believe. The repairs are very costly!!!

Upon researching, I have located several websites that are inundated with complaints listing incidents related to these problems. Those websites include: www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov which is the government site for reporting auto complaints. Also, www.autosite.com, www.automotivehelper.com just to name a few. I searched using the words: "anti-theft problem with Chevy Malibu and "ignition switch problem with Chevy Malibu". I was STUNNED and APPALLED to read all of the complaints. As many others, I am confused as to why these problems have NOT been recalled by Chevy.

My Chevy now sits at a local dealer for repair of the ignition switch. Why?...because it stopped on my husband in the middle of traffic! Thankfully, no accident occurred. Several people have complained that their ignition switch has been replaced 2 to 3 times within months. It seems that it all begins with the well known anti-theft system problem and then escalates on from there?? I'm not a mechanic, so don't quote me on that or how they relate to each other!! The question is....does this sound like normal wear and tear? NO....it sounds like a defect to everyone including reputable mechanics!!!

I am now DEDICATED to bringing this to national attention and I need help from other owners who have suffered with these problems as well. I will use EVERY forum available to me to get this information out...Internet, email, any media, etc.

These are VERY DANGEROUS problems. What will it take for Chevy to recall these problems? Injury? .......or Death? These are both very possible consequences because again these problems cause the car to CUT OFF while driving!!!! I can NOT sit back and wait for this to happen to my family or yours!! My conscience won't allow it. Yeah, we can trade it for another vehicle...but that doesn't solve the problem for the next unsuspecting victim.

PLEASE join me in calling Chevy at 800-222-1020 to report any instances (current or past) you've had related to these problems. I was told that if they receive enough complaints, they may eventually recall.

It's not often we hear of people standing up to car manufacturers, but let's make this an exception....and possibly SAVE LIVES!!

Signed,
Unfortunate Chevy Owner

RECALL THESE DEFECTIVE CARS BEFORE SOMEONE IS INJURED OR KILLED!!!!!


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by devinnn Posted Wed March 20, 2013 @ 10:19 AM

things ive changed in the crap car so far in my 1 year or owning it.
its 2000 chevy malibu. i do realize some is regular maintness.


-Belt- sqeelin
-Water pump leaking
-Upper & Lower Rad hoses leaking
-Thermostat would not heat up here in canada winter
-TPS idle was arratic
-IAC ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
-EGR ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
-SPARK PLUGS & WIRES
-FUEL FILTER IDLE HELP
-BLOWER MOTOR RISISTOR WAS NOT WORKING
-NEW BATTERY
-EXSHAST FROM CAT BACK (WAS MOST EXPENSIVE SO FAR)
-ROTORS. VERY WARRPED PADS WERE NEW LOL

IM SURE THERE IS MORE I MISSED, YESTERDAY I MISSED WORK CAUSE I COULD
NOT GET HER STARTED. I HAD TO BE TOWED HOME AT 1 AM DEAD ON WINTER
HERE IN CANADA.
I FIGURED IT WAS A FUEL ISSUE SO I CHECKED RELAYS AND SIGNS OF A
WORKING PUMP, I BANGED ON THE TANKS AND SHE FIRED UP. WISH I KNEW TO
BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF THE TANK WERE I WAS STUCK!

NEW FUEL PUMP HERE I COME NOW, WHATS NEXT INTAKE MANIFOLD IM SURE!

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by tina s. Posted Tue July 24, 2012 @ 12:09 AM

I am absouletely apalled by what I've read thus far. I too am driving
a 2002 chevrolet malibu that shuts off in the middle of operation. I
am on the highway driving 65-70 mph and the car shuts completely off!
This is unreal and terrifying. I have taken it back to the dealer
several times and each time they replaced the "Fuel Pump"???...3 of
them!...I am at my wits end and afraid for my life in this car. I've
had it less than a year now so the dealer (J.D Byrider) will not give
me a better car. Have I any options? Help! Terrified 46yr. old mother
of 3 in San Antonio Tx. Ms. Shirley

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by marimar Posted Thu April 7, 2011 @ 8:25 PM

i feel your pain i have same problem with a 2002 chevy malibu have
spend money and the problem still there is same problems you have i
think is a lemon my friend son hve same problem with his malibu to is
so depresed

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Me Too by lmw Tue April 26, 2011 @ 10:50 AM

by mrs.lydia Posted Thu September 30, 2010 @ 12:32 AM

I too, purchased a new 2001 malibu and it only has 22,000 miles on it
to this date. I have for the past year encountered main dash computer
malfunctions for which I contribute to my repeated ignition switch
problems. I too have an anti-theft device which cuts off gas supply
to the carberator if the computer detects a possible theft pertaining
to axcess to the ignition switch. I have had the switch replaced
three times by a certified mechanic and within three weeks the switch
malfunctioned again. I am elderly and have lost my husband this past
year and was not expecting this vehicle which has been long paid off
and bearly gets driven, as you can tell by the milage to this point,
would not have given me a problem of such severity and is reacurring.
I am at a stand still because my son has once again taken the car back
to this mechanic, who is willing to diagnos this vehicle once again
with a more high teck scanner he recently purchased, at his own time.
He is not charging for more diagnostics time, as a dealership whould,
trying to resolve this problem, as he is stumpt himself. This problem
should be addressed to the manufacturer resulting in a nationwide
recall,according to my findings there are many who are experiencing
the same reacurring problems nomatter the mileage of the vehicle but
pertaining to a set group of manufactured years of the malibu.HELP US
GET WHAT WERE ENTITLED TO>

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by peter2001 Posted Fri September 3, 2010 @ 9:48 PM

I own a 2002 chevy malibu and I have the same problem as a lot
people with Anti- Theft Sistem even if Im Driving my car just stop
wich its a pain on back so if some body knows something helpfull
please reply to me i will apreciate any help thanks and will try go to
chevy dealer and see if they can help too but I know they are so
expensive and Im trying to save money thanks again

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by Mike R. Posted Sun May 30, 2010 @ 10:31 PM

I am sitting in a rented motel in Ft Morgan, Co Flat broke and
stranded because my 2000 Chevy malibu decided to get alzheimers(
passlock?theftlock ). I've tried the 10 min thing about 4 ways ,i,ve
disconnected the _ cable for 10
min ,i've disconnected BOTH cables for 10 min.,then rehooked the
batery and did the 10 min reset ALL to NO avail !. I've had this car
for 8 years and, beside having to change Brakes ,rotors every 20,000 M
and 2 serpintine belts ,and a hamonic Balancer.I thought the car was
dependable ,NOW i'm in the early stages of a nightmare!!. I am Kicking
myself for selling my 72 Chevy PU That had a straight-forward motor
and NO Electrical Grimlins! Only God knows how this will all work out
. Chevy's have been in my family my whole life (49 Years ) but that is
going to change!. Mike Rice - Stranded in Ft Morgan

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by Kathy C. Posted Tue May 11, 2010 @ 2:10 PM

I bought my 2003 Malibu new. About 2 yaers ago my cr wouldn't start.
I had it towed to the garage. They reset the Passlock Sensor and gave
me a sheet to show me how to reset it if it happened again. It
started to do it more frequently resently. I called my mechanic and he
advised me that I would need a new ignition system that would need to
be istalled at the dealer. When I called they told me it would be
$450 - $500 for he repair. After reading this web page I am sickened
by the information here. My car has $80,000 miles and has cost me
almost $1000 this past year in repairs - now this! I am on a fixed
income and had hoped for a car that would be dependable for at least
$100,000 miles. So much for that goal. I will call Chevrolet and
voice my disapproval, but now that they are Government Motors, I don't
hold out any hope.

Signed,
Diappointed Chevy Owner

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by jane r. Posted Sat March 13, 2010 @ 7:39 AM

I too am having the same issue. My malibu will not start and it conks
out when driving. My mechanic showed me a recall list and ignition
problems were on it, Why can i not find this list on line?

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by katt55 Posted Wed November 11, 2009 @ 11:36 PM

My sister has this problem with her malibu also has been repaired
twice.whats the deal!

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by MIKE W. Posted Sat January 31, 2009 @ 3:42 PM

I PURCHASED MY 2003 CHEVY MALIBU USED AND IT WAS GREAT FOR THE FIRST
YEAR. THEN IT STARTED OR SHOULD I SAY "WOULDN'T START. TWO FUEL PUMPS
LATER, SEVERAL TOWS (AAA IS MY BEST FRIEND) AND GREAT MILAGE DUE TO IT
SITTING IN MY DRIVE WAY. I AM TURNING TO THE INTERNET DUE TO NO ONE
ELSE BEING ABLE TO TELL ME WHAT EXACTLY IS WRONG. WHAT I AM COMING UP
WITH IS THERE IS A MAJOR (COSTLY) ISSUE WITH THE ANTI-THEFT SYSTEM.
TOO COSTLY FOR A RECALL, HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE TO DIE BEFORE THEY FIX
THE PROBLEM? SOME OWNERS WERE ABLE TO FIX THE PROBLEM BY INSTALLING A
REMOTE STARTER WHICH HAS A ANTI-THEFT BY-PASS MODULE. I AM GOING TO
GIVE IT A SHOT SHORTLY AND LET YOU KNOW HOW IT GOES.

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02 chevy malibu by david s. Sun March 22, 2009 @ 1:54 PM

2003 Chevy malibu by bilai Thu January 14, 2010 @ 2:33 AM
by zdrastia Posted Sun November 2, 2008 @ 4:20 PM

My brother has the same problem right now and thank you so much for
this information I can relay to him. He is the only income for his
family, wife and 3 kids and they are barely making it from week to
week. I bought the battery for him today for they have just enough to
pay their rent this week(that means no extra for food!!) and still
nothing...he is still making payments on it to the car lot and of
course bought used with no warranty...My husband has a chevy truck (no
problems of major yet) and I have a nissan (no major problems yet) and
I am appalled and outraged that they nowingly are doing this to people
they need to be held accountable....I know that my Nissan dealership
would not allow this, they stand behind their products...I don't know
what to do now but I assure you I will let my brother know and will
help make his voice count...If this is the best country in the world
then why won't someone with the authority stand up and help???Chevy
you should be ashamed of what you are putting hard working, GOD loving
people with children to feed through!!!!!!!!
Signed
shocked sister

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by 2002 Owner in NM Posted Wed September 10, 2008 @ 3:37 PM

I just bought my 2002 alibu 3 months agoand have had continous
problems with the Theft system. It does not allow the vehicle to
start and often leaves you stranded and having to work 30 miles away
from my work in Rural NM it is really a big inconvenience to be
experiencing these continous problems. I have taken back to the
dealership to find the problem and have been in contact with the
salesman during all episodes who has been helpful in obtaining a
mechanic for the problems. The vehicle has been scanned on the
computer and eacht ime nothing is found. Just recently they told us
it was the fuel pump and as they tapped on the tank the fuel pump
allowed the car to start (which I think is a crock of sh*&). I have
researched on the internet & have spoke to other malibu owners who are
also having the same problem I cannot understand why Chevy Corp.
Does not have a recall on this issue. They are proud to say that they
stand by the quality of their vehicles Ok well fix them as these
inconveniences really pose hazards for the drivers.
PLEASE RECALL THE DEFECTIVE PARTS AND MAKE THEM GOOD STAND BEHIND YOUR
NAME.

Signed,
2002 Malibu owner in NM

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by magickals Posted Thu August 7, 2008 @ 1:57 PM

I just bought my 2003 CHEVY Malibu, in March 2008 with 83,ooo miles.
I was driving along and it quit on a narrow bridge in traffic jam. Had
it towed to find out the fuel pump was supposedly bad. That cost me
almost 800 bucks, and at that time they also replaced the fuel filter
and a relay switch. 2 weeks later it does the exact same thing, only
this time I was able to roll out of traffic.

Both times it happened on a Friday, so of course I has to figure out a
ride all weekend to get to work, which is a job that requires me TO
DRIVE to different locations!!
I call the same company to tow the car and fix it since it did the
exact same thing as before..(Just out of no where the car just quits.
Even on the hi-way.) They said if it is a faulty fuel pump they will
fix it at no cost because of 12 month waranty.
I say ok, since at that time, I believed that it was a faulty part, so
they come get it at 2pm on Friday.

Monday rolls around and they cant get the car to act up at all. They
told me they drove it for 30 minutes and scanned it while driving it
and tried to get it to do something and it wouldnt, so I went to get
the car, which cost me another 200.00 and 12 miles after I picked it
up it dies going down hi-way.

Now I am finding out, one thousand dollars later that these guys I
took it to are scam artists. There is no way that they drove car
without it dying on them. I cant even get 12 miles without it
stopping. It will just sit there and crank but wont fire and then
seems like when it cools down it will start again.

I am getting ready to put it into CHEVY to have it fixed which will
cost me another thousand. I am at my wits end here and still owe on
the car. Like many others, I too am a single mom, and cannot afford
these kinds of problems, especially if it is going to be something
that is ongoing. I hope whoever reads this and is thinking of
purchasing a new car, DO NOT BUY CHEVY!!!!! Every CHEVY I have ever
owned has left me broke, or stranded.

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by Brandon G. Posted Tue August 5, 2008 @ 1:16 AM

This is really sad, as I speak now my 2003 Malibu with 83,000 is
sitting at a friends repair garage.

He called me today and told me that the anti-theft is preventing my
car from starting and he can't do anything to fix it which means it
needs to be towed to the dealership. And from the looks of it that
will cost me around $700 to fix.

Needless to say after reading all of you reporting the same exact
problems I will be trading it in after I get fixed and the new car
will not be a Chevy. This is ridiculous and I cannot believe nothing
has been done to recall this problem.

Very sad to read all of these replies and I can only say that if you
do have a 99-2004 Malibu I suggest you get rid of it before you
starting throwing money away.


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03 Malibu igniton switch by MALIBU DISTRESS Sat July 24, 2010 @ 2:14 PM

by Glory1699 Posted Thu July 31, 2008 @ 8:32 AM

Wow, I can't believe what I'm reading. I too have a 2003 malibu and
the exact same thing has happened to me for the past year. The first
machanic told me that it was my gas pum that went and I spent $400 on
a new gas pump and battery. Three months later tha same thing happened
again. Luckily the AAA guy that went to tow my car explained to me
what really was going on and that this was a common problem with the
Chevy Malibus. If so many people are having the same problems over and
over and over and over, I still can't believe this is not a recall
from GM. They should take responsibility of this issue. Why should we
all have to spend so much money on something that does not fix the
problem. I continue to have the same problem with the car all the time
and I am too the point that I want to sell it and buy another car.
Unfortunately I don't have the money right now, but when I decide to
do this I will make sure I will never ever ever buy another Malibu in
my life or let anyone that I know buy one. I had to lurn the hard way.

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Common Chevy Mailbu Problems by Carolyn H. Fri October 10, 2008 @ 11:24 AM
by Jo Ramey Posted Mon December 3, 2007 @ 2:46 PM

I have a 2003 Chevy Malibu that is in the shop as I write with a
antitheft issue. Car will not start, it just stopped on me. This
repair shop is telling me that they have to replace the whole anti
theft security device and do something with the steering column for
the key to work (re-program I think)...I cannot believe all that I
have found on the "net" about this issue. I am calling the dealer
today to discuss why this is not a recall if there are this many
issues.
Thanks for all the info
johewitt2001@yahoo.com

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Antitheft issue by Brettzilla Mon February 11, 2008 @ 10:35 PM
by Joanna Merrell Posted Fri November 9, 2007 @ 3:53 PM

Hi. I'm the owner of a 2004 Chevy Malibu, and am dealing with the
exact same problems as you. As a 25-year-old female attending night
school, it is no fun sitting alone in a cold, dark parking lot because
my car refuses to start. I've taken it to several mechanics who can't
fix it, and am at the end of my rope on this piece of crap car. I will
do anything I can do fight Chevy!!

Sincerely,

Joanna

joannamerrell@hotmail.com

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by Justa Link Posted Thu October 11, 2007 @ 2:53 PM

I bought my Chevy Malibu almost seven months ago (March 2007). I
started having trouble when the car would act like it didn't want to
start. The dealership said they couldn't get the problem to duplicate.
Is this the beginning of the ignition problems? Also, the fuel pump
went out today, I am very disappointed. I, too, trusted in the Chevy
name and maybe shouldn't have.

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by pimp Posted Wed October 3, 2007 @ 9:51 PM

I to am an unlucky MALIBU owner!!! I have had my 2002 malibu for going
on 2 years now and this is the only problem I have had with it. It's
got 92,000 miles on it and it has been a good car but now its seems as
if I am having the same problem all of you are having, my anti-theft
light came on today and wouldnt let me start MY car. This should be
UNACCEPTABLE in America with the technology in engineering that we
have. So I am going to call Chevy for the next 30 days every day and
I'm going to complain. Because i have not got the time to sit and wait
10 minutes for a car to be started and maybe 20 I have heard of people
having to wait 20 thats crazy. I wish you all good luck while you
still have your Malibu's. THANKS

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by malibu~no vacation Posted Thu August 2, 2007 @ 5:04 PM

Has anyone else had problems with the auto locks? i have my 2003
Malibu in the shop now(the third time) for the same problem. the locks
keep messing up and not wanting to work right or lock/unlock
automatically. of course i have paid the deductible twoce now because
each issue with the locks has been different even though thelocks do
the SAME THING each time. I think there is an underlying problema nd i
am not paying the deductible this time. and now they are telling me
there is an anitfreeze leak at the intak manifold and i have read
several articles now with 03 Malibus and other years having the same
problem. i talked to a mechanic(who does not work at a chevy
dealership) and he said he gets at least one a week with the same
problem as my car...same model and same years (2000-2003).

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My mother has a 2001 Malibu... by SouthernBreeze Mon September 17, 2007 @ 11:07 AM

by Benjamin Smallwood Posted Mon April 2, 2007 @ 9:18 AM

The ignition switch in my '03 Malibu has needed replacement 3 times in
less than one year. Of course the first time it happened was right
after our warranty expired. It's so infuriating as I've been stranded
now 3 times on a weekend--when all the auto shops are closed! I'm sick
of dealing with this hassle and am calling GM today. I'd love to find
out what else I can do to help with the recall efforts.

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by karen stephens Posted Wed March 28, 2007 @ 1:20 PM

I myself own a 2003 malibu. I am having the same problems and I have
only had my car for only 6 months. I was going to take it the
dealership to have them see what was wrong with until I came upon this
site. Tell me what I need to do to try to help get this problem
solved.

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by Robert Ward Posted Tue March 13, 2007 @ 3:54 PM



Have had same issue that is now causting me over 600.00 to repair and
as well i am a working man with 2 children and a wife i had to skip a
house payment to have my car fixed and chevy even stated it is a
common issue i say we get a group togather and sew ?

that is how i feel my malibu is an 03 with 75,000 on it i should not
have to be conserned with these issues as for my childrens safty wy is
there nouthing being done as working people we are what makes america
a place to live lets contact and get our money back reach me at
rwardebay@yahoo.com

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by luvmyboys Posted Sun February 4, 2007 @ 2:26 PM

I know how frustrating and scary this problem is. I am a single mom of
two boys and I have a 99 chevy malibu that I bought 5,000 and I have
put at least 3,000 into fixing this problem and it has reached the
end. I probably will be using public transportation because I wouldnt
sell this headache to anyone else and I CAN NOT AFFORD A NEW CAR. The
other day I was on the highway and the car stalled I was so scared
thank God I was in the slow lane and pulled off right away but can you
imagine what could of happend. I called chevy and they pretty much
told me sorry hope this does not affect you from purchasing a chevy in
the future. I hung up on her I was so mad. I want to join your cause
this is not right my car is my lifeline and I trusted in the "chevy"
name. I can not believe this is legal.

Disappointed chevy owner

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by the7ofSwords Posted Tue December 19, 2006 @ 1:10 PM

I have now had this same problem twice.

My '03 Malibu was in the garage for this shortly after its warranty
ran up, a year ago last spring. Last night the car failed to start
again, displaying the same symptoms. I had it towed in to a dealer
this morning, and sure enough, the anti-theft device in the ignition
switch is to blame.

Of course the 1-year warranty on the repair has expired now, so I'm
stuck with another $400.00 repair bill.

I'm calling Chevy with this problem.

- Another Unfortunate Chevy Owner

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by JME Posted Sat December 16, 2006 @ 10:36 AM

I own a 2002 Malibu, and while I've had none of the problems that
you are having, I have had an issue with the brake rotors. My car has
just under 45,000 miles on it, and the rotors have been replaced
twice, at considerable expense. The first replacement was at only
8,000 miles, and the second at 29,000 miles. I'm guessing I will need
to replace them again in the near future.

I have done similar online searches and apparently I am not the
only one experiencing recurring rotor problems. Otherwise though, I
love the car.

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by TamDostie Posted Fri May 23, 2008 @ 12:40 AM

I too have a 2002 Malibu, bought brand new off the lot, in April
2002.
Within 2 weeks, I took the car back to the dealership 3 times. Told
them the car shook if I applied the brakes--they test drove it and
said they didn't see a problem, that basically, it was my imagination.
I kept returning the car and was still put through crap but after 4
weeks of this, I was told that the rotors were warped and that they
apparently came from the manufacturer that way! REALLY??? Then why
didn't this happen during the initial test drive??? So they turned the
rotors, instead of replacing them. By this time they had done such a
number on me, I never went back. In the meantime, I drove for almost
a year with it doing this. Replaced the rotors and pads at around
7500 miles. And yet again at 25,000 miles. Mind you, I had to drive
a long time with this going on as we couldn't afford to keep doing
this. So my car, the car I love so, had become the thing I hate the
most. I am now at 55,000 and we just had to do the rotors and pads
again.
I do NOT understand why Chevrolet just didn't issue a recall on this
and fix the problem, so there'd be no complaints. But yet, I think
they did this on purpose--they improved the problem with the newer
models, but yet they are making money hand over fist with this brake
problem. Why fix something that's just going to keep making money for
them???
This was my first time to buy a car that was MINE and this has ruined
me. I won't refer people here to that dealership--NOR will I refer
them to Chevrolet ever again.

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My 01 Malibu Sucks by Yeah R. Sat July 3, 2010 @ 7:07 PM

trade by butterscotch Thu November 15, 2012 @ 12:05 AM




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